Australia Oikos Care Wins The Western Australia Prestige Awards

Australia Oikos Care Wins The Western Australia Prestige Awards Education Charity of the Year 2020/21

To All Our Valued Donors, Sponsors, Partners and Volunteers:

We would like to express our gratitude to all our valued donors, sponsors, partners, teams and volunteers who have greatly supported our nomination with feedback and testimonials without whom the award wouldn’t have been possible. We all work tirelessly every day to try and deliver excellent education, community development and project activities, so it’s a great privilege to be recognised across Western Australia with this award.

We are absolutely delighted to win the Education Charity of the Year Western Australia Prestige Awards 2020/21 and are thrilled with our achievement. Our AOC team works incredibly hard to support our school children, teachers and projects in Indonesia and help them feel safe during this very challenging time.

The Board, my management team and myself are so proud of their achievements and their dedication to go above and beyond with the care, time, endeavours and commitment they provide to ensure our schools survive and thrive in the face of the extraordinary challenges we currently face.

Over the past ten years we have helped thousands of children achieve their true academic potential, coaching and teaching them to gain excellent academic achievements and further their studies to accomplish their dreams.

We look forward to continuing and working closely with everyone for many more years to come so that together we can build and make a big difference in people’s lives, Transforming Life and Making Life Better!

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

CEO Message – Financial Year End 2020

A letter to our valued donors, sponsors, staff and volunteers

We trust that you all are safe and healthy wherever you are at the moment.

We want to thank our valued donors, sponsors, partners, staff and volunteers for their continued financial support, generosity and great efforts in helping Australia Oikos Care succeed to date.

This has been a challenging year for all of us, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. We have been monitoring this situation closely, and we strive to comply with guidance and regulations from government and public health authorities. Our teams in Australia have been working and keeping in touch with our school teams in Indonesia. We are grateful that we all are safe and healthy. Our teachers and students have been teaching and learning from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our students have continually carried on their learning activities by studying from home arranged and followed up by our teachers. The safety, health and well-being of our teachers, students, staff and their families is our number one priority.

In the coming financial year, through our 5 schools in Bekasi, Batam and Bali Indonesia, we will continue our school programs being PAUD (Kindergarten class), Paket A (Primary), Paket B (Secondary) and Paket C (High School) in line with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture guidance and regulations. Additionally, depending on funding condition, we will start vocational training in information technology and digital e-commerce programs to equip and train Paket C students to further their studies at universities or to find job opportunities upon their graduation.

We will work alongside all the teams involved and our objectives for 2020/2021 are to continue the strength of our organization business and creating lasting school initiatives. We remain focused, passionate and determined to provide a quality education that will impact change. We look forward to a healthy and fruitful financial year ahead, helping our students and community to transform their lives and making their life better. God bless.

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

ALPHA OMEGA SCHOOL STUDENTS STUDYING FROM HOME

It’s exciting and very encouraging to see our Alpha Omega School students in Indonesia diligently and enthusiastically continue studying from home. They are closely monitored by their parents and our teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic stay-at-home regulations.

All our Alpha Omega School teachers are continuously keeping in touch with their parents to make sure that their children are safe, healthy and continuously studying in this extremely challenging time of the pandemic.

We pray that all of our donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, the management & staff, teachers and students are safe and in good health.

CEO Message April 2020

Dear our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers,

We hope all is well with you wherever you all are at the moment.
Firstly, and most importantly, we would like to let our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers know that we’re thinking about you. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our community and value the relationships we have with you. It is a very challenging time for us all and it is important that we all stay as healthy and well as we can.

During this time, Australia Oikos Care team have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on a daily basis and following the guidance of the Australian Government announcement to ensure that we all follow through the rules to minimise the spread of this virus. We are taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously and may we take this opportunity to assure you that it’s our top priority to focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, members, volunteers, and others at the workplace including all of our schools’ management team, staff, teachers and students in Indonesia.

Our team at the Australia Oikos Care office have been following the best practices, including social distancing, video conferencing, telephone and online communication. We truly encourage all of our donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers to do the same to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Over the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please take care of yourself and those around you and stay healthy. Thank you so much for your continued donation, sponsorship and support. God bless.

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

CEO Message, 1st November 2019

Making Life Better, Transforming Life and Shaping the Future of Children & Communities.

By God’s grace, it has been a fruitful and exciting year for Australia Oikos Care (AOC) for the entire year of our blessed journey, great efforts and dedication in making AOC grow and prosper.

May we take this wonderful moment to thank all donors, sponsors, partners, teams and volunteers very much for their tremendous support, donation, generosity and kindnesses. It’s the time to recognize the progress and results that we have made this year. It can be a continuing powerful motivator for AOC to think about opportunities to expand and contribute in the years ahead.

Our Alfa Omega Schools in Bantargebang, Marunda, R12 Depok and Batam, as well as 3 other schools that we have given support in Indonesia, have been operating successfully this year.

As we have continued our efforts and work together with our partners in Indonesia to expand our schools, we have recently entered and signed a new partnership with Efata Bali Foundation in October 2019. We will help Efata AOC Bali School renovate and upgrade their school buildings and classrooms in December 2019 as they have 43 students. This has truly marked our continuing best efforts and dedication to geographically expand our schools to other provinces in Indonesia, Making life better, transforming lives and shaping the future of children and communities.

As we started the year, we had 29 teachers and more than 320 students studying and learning at our schools. Today, AOC operates 5 main schools and 3 other schools and has 425 students including Paket A, B & C (Primary to High School) programs, a robust growth of 34% over the start of the year. This achievement would not have been possible without your continued support, donation, sponsorship and generosity as well as all the teams, staff and volunteers involved who have worked tirelessly throughout the year in Indonesia and Australia.

We have been blessed to have dedicated board, management team, staff, teachers and volunteers helping our schools and students to continue to flourish in Indonesia.
We wish our schools in Indonesia great success in their future endeavours. God bless.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AND WE WILL!

Sincerely,
Dharma Sutedja Chief Executive Officer

July 2019 – CEO Message

Transforming Life and Making Life Better!

With deep appreciation and gratitude, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued donors, sponsors, partners, stakeholders and volunteers for their continued efforts, financial support, generosity and loyalty in helping and making Australia Oikos Care succeed in its mission to date.

We have been working untiringly and hand-in-hand with all the teams and volunteers involved to achieve our vision, mission and objectives. We have had a fruitful year and our long-term organizational objectives for 2019 through to 2022 have been developed to continue the good health of our organization business. Good online platforms capable of delivering targeted fundraising results are currently operating well. Also, we have teamed up in a partnership and collaboration with New Life Foundation Australia successfully.

AOC through YCARE Indonesia has started a study program called PACE (Program for Able Children and Education) where we have, in addition to Package A (Primary School) program, started Package B (Secondary School) and Package C (High School) programs as well at our school for the years 2019 to 2022. A new pre-school in Batam (Alfa Omega School Batam) has been established and the new school would commence their activities in mid July 2019. As part of our geographical expansion to reach out to many more children in Indonesia, we have identified a potential school project located in Bali. We hope to help funding and partnering with this school in Bali before the end of 2019.

We remain focused on the strategies we have in place to realize our vision. We are passionate and determined to become a game changer in quality education and empowerment to equip and provide ample opportunities to disadvantaged children and young people in Indonesia. Our focus is on creating lasting school initiatives that will impact change 5 and 10 years into the future.

We all look forward to expanding our schools and community development in the years ahead to transforming lives and making life better and shaping the future of children.

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
AOC CEO

CEO Message 2019

Pay it forward – giving a donation and contribution to make a big difference to school children in need.

It has been an exciting year and may we take this opportunity to thank all donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers for your continued support, donation, generosity and kindness. It’s the time to review our goals and the progress we have made in achieving them. It can be a powerful motivator to think about opportunities for us to grow and contribute in this coming year.

Our Alfa Omega Schools in Bantargebang, Marunda and R12 Depok have been operating fruitfully and we have been blessed to have a dedicated management team, staff, teachers and volunteers helping our schools and students to grow in Indonesia. Additionally, this year we have been privileged to start the working year with the progress of renovation of our would be the school in Batam in which we expect to commence in July 2019 (seen here in pictures).

As we unite our efforts and work together with our partner (Yayasan Setia Melayani Sesama/YSMS) in Batam to address the needs of a new school for pre-school children there, this has led us to make a donation, give a contribution and provide support to our partner (YSMS) in renovating the school building and classrooms since January 2019. We have introduced our partner (YSMS) to Global Development Group Australia and they have mutually signed and entered into an entity and project agreement as part of the Global Development Group requirements to enable for the new school project to start. We wish the new school every success in their future endeavours.

Sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

An Official Visit to Alfa Omega School Bantargebang, Bekasi

As part of our CEO and Board of Advisor regular official visit to Australia Oikos Care School Projects in Indonesia, our CEO, Dharma Sutedja and Board of Advisor, Ferdy Wijaya have recently visited Alfa Omega School in Bantargebang, Bekasi to meet teachers, parents, school children and staff.

They are warmly welcomed and deeply touched by the dedication and commitment of our teachers there to teach and develop our school children wholeheartedly. During the visitation and fruitful meeting with the teachers and staff, they have shared and given the teachers and staff some valuable advices and directions for the school development and teaching improvements in general.

We firmly believe that our school is in the good hands to grow and develop our children. The key to children’s bright future and good life is to give and equip the children with good quality education and values so that they can achieve their dreams in the future. We shall continue to love and nurture children as best as we can and shall never stop to educate, equip, grow and develop them …

A Fruitful visitation to AOS Bantargebang

It was an exciting day for me personally since the last time I, Christine Fenhart,  visited one of the school was approximately 5 years ago before my daughters were born. We had done lots of preparation prior to the visitation with Bu Mety’s help because we wanted to give the best to the kids and the teachers at the beginning of the school year (In Indonesia the new school year starts in July instead of January).

Thankfully, we managed to get many donations and reached the target needed for the visitation which to give each students new bag, school stationeries, a proper meal, milk and also snacks. On top of that we get additional donations from local donators like vitamins and milk.

When we arrived we were greeted by the kids, they all gathered wearing the blue school uniform and sang welcome to all of us in Indonesia. Then a group of young dancers performed and they did really well dancing to the song “disini senang disana senang” with the other kids singing and cheering.

After that it was our chance to be in charge of the event, we danced together we learnt baby shark dance, chicken dance, it was really really fun!
It was continued with games – the kids really enjoyed it and the ones that managed to win the game was given lollies and milk and we welcomed other kids around the area to join.

When it comes to the serious business, I was so pleased to hear on that day along with the other 55 students who attended, we also had around 10 of the AOS Bantar Gebang alumni and all of them who continued to study to Junior High School they all managed to achieve high marks and all of the effort of has not gone in vain. Since there were lots of student parents who came along as well, Bu Mety (YCare) and Bu Maya (principal) were encouraging them to support the kids for their education instead of asking the kids to earn money by picking up rubbish.

I would like to give just a little background of the area where the school is located Bantar Gebang – it is where most of the rubbish from Jakarta goes to, I have to admit the place is unpleasant for average people because of the smell and also the unhygienic condition. It is a sad reality however I am just so blessed by the dedication of the YCare staff, Bu Maya as the principal and also all the teachers that not only have to educate the kids in this challenging environment, they also have to educate the parents the importance of school and education for the kids future which is a long term investment.

That is the reason why when it was my turn to speak, I invited everyone to give a HUGE ROUND of applause to these unsung heroes, teachers and staffs that dedicate their lives for others. Nelson Mandela once said that education is a powerful tool to change the world, the teachers and we all as the donators are sowing seeds, watering these kids life, it is a challenging and can be a costly investment that a lot of us won’t receive a direct benefit however we can see the impacts this school is making to the community and the kids life’s.

From illiterate, they can now read, write, then they can continue their study to higher education maybe in 10-20 years time there will be successful story of the kids who started their school journey from AOS Bantar Gebang, who knows.

Thank you to all the donators and all my colleague who have supported us all of these time and you all have played a part in changing these kids and community’s future.

“Alone we can do little and together we can do so much”
~ Helen Keller

CEO Message – Financial Year 2017/2018

Dear Our Valued Donors, Sponsors, Partners and Volunteers,

I would like to take a moment to thank our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers for your loyalty, generosity and continued support over the past twelve months. I truly recognise we wouldn’t be where we are without the help and contributions made by each of you. I highly appreciate all of these.

Australia Oikos Care has had an exciting year actively leading, managing, overseeing, funding and assisting our school projects in Indonesia and we have established good and strong working relationships with our partners as part of our responsibility for the safekeeping and good health of our organisation business. With your continued help and support, we will once again see Australia Oikos Care continue to growing strongly during 2018/2019 financial year.

There are many ways to continue growing our school projects and community development. We have planned to explore and expand our projects and community development to some other region in Indonesia and we will seek partnership and grant to support our projects. There are still many decisions to be made in the near future and as such, improvements and changes will be made following input and consultation with the Board of Advisors, donors, sponsors and partners. By the grace of God and with more streamline and efficient operations, we expect to be able to achieve this by mid next year.

I look forward to working closely with you all and wish you a successful and prosperous year ahead.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dharma Sutedja

Chief Executive Officer